Early 2020 Cubs Roster Predictions
Who will make the Cubs' Opening Day roster?
Ben Bailey · February 16, 2020 · 4m ·

Since pitchers and catchers reported this past week, and with spring training right around the corner, I thought it would be a good idea to try to predict which players will make the Opening Day roster. There will be a few more positional battles for the Cubs this spring than in recent years, so it will be interesting to see how the roster shapes up. In case you were unaware, teams will be able to carry an additional player on their active roster all year, bringing the total up to 26 (for anyone who's wondering, the name of this site will remain the same).

Catchers

Since neither catcher was traded, I'd assume a similar playing-time split as last year, though maybe new manager Ross will give Contreras a few more off days, especially due to his recurring injuries.

Infielders

The first three players are the Cubs’ three best players. The next three are all vying for a second-base/utility role. Bote is the only one among them who projects as an average hitter, so I assume he'll get the majority of playing time, especially in favorable matchups.

Outfielders

If Almora struggles this spring, I wouldn't be shocked to see him start the season in the minors. Outside of that, this group seems pretty stable. As a side note, I wouldn't be surprised to see Nico Hoerner get a fair amount of playing time in center field in the minors in case both Happ and Almora fail to develop further.

Starters

The first four spots are guaranteed barring injury, and it seems like Chatwood is the early favorite for the fifth starter spot. There's not too much intrigue here.

Relievers

The only locks for this group are really the first three names, but Jeffress and Wieck both have pretty high upside. Mills is out of options so if he doesn't get the fifth starter spot I'd expect him to lock down the long relief role. Underwood is also out of options and flashed good stuff out of the bullpen last season, so it makes sense to give him a long look. If Megill doesn't make the roster out of spring training, he'll have to be offered back to the Padres. The scouting report on him is good enough to make me believe that the Cubs will give him a chance to stick in the majors.

Notable Omissions


Next week we'll have a couple spring training games to talk about. Enjoy baseball being back!


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